About "la Caixa" Foundation Research Grants on Socioeconomic Well-being

Funded by "la Caixa" Foundation, these grants support ground-breaking research projects with direct implications for socioeconomic well-being. Projects were selected from a competitive open call within the Barcelona GSE research community, and proposals were evaluated by a Scientific Committee of experts.

Barcelona GSE Affiliated Professors who have received "la Caixa" grants

The Affiliated Professors who have received grants will conduct research on risk-taking, economic growth, children's health, immigration, and the analysis of violent conflicts.

Select a project below to learn more about "la Caixa" Grant research projects directed by Barcelona GSE Affiliated Professors. 

facultyJose Apesteguia

ICREA-UPF and Barcelona GSE

Understanding Risk and Time Preferences

The estimation of the attitudes of individuals with respect to risk-taking and time discounting is a fundamental question in economics and the social sciences in general. A proper understanding of the potential consequences of tax reforms, regulations of health and pension plans, the design of financial markets, and innumerable other crucial aspects of normal modern life, requires of a good understanding of the behavior of the population when confronting risks, and consequences that unfold over time. This proposal aims to develop a novel, theoretically robust, technique to estimate both risk and time preferences jointly, and to then apply the technique to a rigorous empirical scrutiny.

facultyLuca Fornaro

CREI, UPF and Barcelona GSE

Stabilization Policies and Growth: A Keynesian Growth Perspective

The goal of this project is to build a macroeconomic framework integrating a state-of-the-art features of growth and business cycles models, and to use it as a “laboratory” to shed lights on several open research questions. First, it will be used to understand how investment in innovation and productivity growth react to changes in monetary and fiscal policy. Second, the model will provide insights on the response of productivity growth to large shocks, such as severe financial crises. Third, the model will be used to evaluate quantitatively the stagnation traps hypothesis recently advanced in the literature. Fourth, the model will be used to derive normative implications on the optimal conduct of stabilization policies, such as fiscal or monetary policy.

facultyLibertad González

UPF and Barcelona GSE

The Causal Effect of Early Interventions on Child Health and Cognitive Development

This project aims at understanding how do early shocks affect health and human capital formation during childhood (the so-called "missing middle"). Specifically, the project asks: How do the effects of different types of interventions, or shocks at different ages, compare? What are the most cost-effective ways of improving young children's future outcomes? The project will take advantage of several natural experiments in a country, Spain, for which high quality administrative data are available for the past 35 years, to evaluate credibly and precisely the causal effects of several different public policies and shocks on child development. Results will help us understand how shocks in early life can have long-term effects on human capital, with direct policy implications.

facultyAndré Gröger

UAB and Barcelona GSE

facultyHannes Mueller

IAE-CSIC and Barcelona GSE

Analyzing Conflict from Space

With the ongoing refugee crisis in the Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa, there is a renewed interest in understanding the causes for flight and the triggers of conflict. At the same time, the Syrian civil war has provided formidable challenges for data gathering due to the extent of the violence and the politicization of violence data. This project tries to help in this effort through the generation of a new method to gather data on violence. Specifically, the project seeks to provide a new, automatized way to capture fighting and destruction using satellite imagery, build a panel dataset using this method, and then illustrate what can be learned from this alternative measure of violence.

facultyJoan Llull

UAB, MOVE and Barcelona GSE

The Labor Market Effects of Selective Immigration Policies

The goal of the project is to analyze whether and how skilled immigration differently affects the labor market relative to general immigration. The project intends to quantify the effect of skilled immigration on wages, labor market participation and occupation decisions, and human capital investment decisions by native workers and previous generations of immigrants. To that end, the project will evaluate the effects of the two main selective immigration policies (in terms of skills) observed in recent U.S. history: the H-1B visa program and the National Origins Formula. A second goal of the project is to determine the level of selectivity of the immigration policy (and, potentially, a transfer scheme) that maximizes native workers’ wellbeing.

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